Smoke Free Movies: Averting a Million Premature Deaths

Understand the scientific evidence that led the Surgeon General to conclude that on-screen smoking causes kids to smoke. Identify the media companies responsible for most exposure to kids smoking in the movies. Describe practical policy solutions that will reduce the toll of youth addicted by tobacco use in movies.
Date: 2/25

Addiction - A Brain Disease/Treatment Modalities and Supports

The webinar series is designed for persons interested in addiction, its impact on families & children, & in solutions available to provide hope & help to concerned family members & friends & to faith communities. As science becomes better at targeting specific areas of the brain, treatment options utilizing medication along with traditional therapy for addiction are becoming increasingly available. This session will look at the options & how they fit into various treatment & recovery support modalities, including the well-known “28-day, 12 step” treatment option. There are also various treatment modalities which may or may not have a spiritual component. This webinar will review the various treatments, philosophies & combinations that may be available to individuals & families struggling with addiction & help you make sense of the growing array of treatment options that facilitate & support recovery.
Date: 2/25

Implementation of SBIRT: Lessons from the Field

The presenters will discuss common themes and lessons learned from a multi-site SBIRT implementation project conducted by the National Council for Behavioral Health in Ohio. In addition, using technology-based SBIRT as an effective early intervention strategy will be reviewed.
This webinar will explore:
The type of training and technical assistance necessary to implement SBIRT across various sites.
Common barriers to SBIRT implementation and strategies to overcome them
SBIRT financing strategies
The importance of communication and partnership development in implementing SBIRT
Technology-based SBIRT
Date: 2/26

*Resiliency in Families Living with FASD

This webinar is hosted by the Frontier Regional FASD Training Center. Locating health professionals, services, educators, or counselors that are knowledgeable on FASD can be difficult or even impossible. Families that are raising children with an FASD oftentimes have to become expert on the topic of FASD since it becomes their job to educate their service providers. It is not uncommon for systems of care to disregard what the parents are reporting. Parents may be blamed for the behaviors that are typical in individuals with an FASD. It is easy to understand why families experience stress, burn out and may even fall into a feeling of helplessness or despair. Kathy Mitchell, a licensed professional therapist will review some of the challenges families may experience and will discuss some of the core qualities of resilient families. She will share suggestions on how to deal with stress and develop a mindset that can assist in families moving from grief and frustration towards communication, understanding and acceptance.
Date: 2/26

Substance-Use Disorders in Adolescents and the Elderly: Addressing the Differences and Needs of These Two Special Populations

Substance-use disorders are becoming the most significant public problem affecting adolescents, with recent work by Merikangas and colleagues showing that 11.4% of adolescents have a substance-use disorder and only 15.4% of those youths receive treatment. Likewise, the 2009 SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed dramatic increases in illicit drug use in older adults. Complications that occur with increasing frequency with age, such as medical comorbidity, cognitive impairment, and frailty, contribute to the potential adverse interactions between substance misuse and an aging brain.
Clinical research is beginning to clarify the consequences of unrecognized substance abuse and/or dependence in these special populations. This presentation will address what is already known about substance abuse, recent research trends, and implications for psychiatric practice.

Date: 2/27

The Five ACA Transformations and 10 ’Need to Know' Implications for Your Behavioral Health Organization

The Affordable Care Act will lead to broad-based transformation of healthcare in the United States.
Transformation will occur in five key areas:
Insurance coverage: With expanded health insurance coverage to 39 million people through the State Medicaid Expansions and the State Health Insurance Marketplaces;
Insurance benefits: With parity of mental health and substance use benefits; removal of prior conditions restrictions; and removal of annual and lifetime limits;
Service organization: Including movement toward Integrated Care for mental health, substance use, and primary care services;
Payment structure: Moving toward Integrated Funding for services; and,
IT: With movement toward electronic health and personal health records.
This webinar will address these five key areas, and ten important considerations will be identified and discussed. Special emphasis will be given to understanding practical implications for behavioral healthcare and managed care.
Date: 3/6

The History of Recovery in the United States and the Addiction Profession

Since its inception, the addiction profession has been a leader in the recovery movement. This free webinar will outline major milestones in the history of addiction recovery in the United States and its role in the addiction profession. The presentation will span the rise of Native American recovery circles in the 1700s through the rise of a new recovery advocacy movement, new recovery support institutions and new recovery support roles in the opening of the 21st century. The webinar will conclude with suggestions of the implications of these recent historical trends for addiction professionals.
Date: 3/6

Kill the Butts! Policy Options for Reducing Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Waste

Cigarette butts on public streets, sidewalks and other outdoor areas are toxic and unsightly and result in high litter management and collection costs for communities. Programs that effectively minimize tobacco product waste can save municipalities money, substantially benefit the environment, enhance our quality of life, and lower the risk of cigarette-caused fires. This webinar will describe the problem of tobacco product waste, explain relevant environmental principles, and discuss several policy and regulatory options and legislative efforts underway to reduce tobacco product waste, including Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship policy tools and a ban on cigarette filters. Speakers are Dr. Thomas Novotny, Professor of Global Health at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and founder of the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project and Clif Curtis, J.D., Policy Research Director at the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project and a Director of the Varda Group for Environment and Sustainability.
Date: 3/27

*Influence of Technology on Adolescent Risk-Taking

This presentation will offer a brief synopsis of the developmental factors that influence risk-taking in adolescence, and how these factors impact use of technology. Common technology-enhanced social practices will be reviewed, as well as assessment and intervention tools for practitioners working with adolescents and their families.
Date: 4/18


Treatment Strategies for Prescription Opioid Dependence is apackage of tools and training resources for substance usedisorders treatment providers. The Blending Package describes how buprenorphine works and presents the results of a National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (CTN) study that compared brief and extended buprenorphine treatments. The results of the study have implications for the treatment of adults dependent on prescription opioids. The POATS Blending Team (BT) package is designed to help treatment providers incorporate study findings and recommendations into their practice.
Date: 4/22